Before Thanksgiving, we took advantage of our short week and hit up some of our science concepts in full force! We studied how objects can be sorted into different groups based on their properties (or attributes). An attribute could be the size, shape, color, texture or thickness of an object. Some objects can have the same attributes, other are very different.
After learning that all things can be sorted based on their attributes, we continued to study three additional scientific properties: the states of matter, magnetic/non-magnetic, and sink or float!
The kids learned that there are 3 different states of matter: Solid, liquid, and gas. We talked about the different attributes that go along with each state of matter:
We also talked about changing matter from one state to another (solid ice cube to liquid water & liquid water to the gas water vapor).
Another attribute we studied was sinking or floating. The kids really enjoyed investigating different objects and predicted what might happen when these things were placed in water.
We also studied magnets. We explained that in order for an object to be magnetic, it needed to be made of a special kind of metal: iron, steel, nickel or colbalt. We went around the classroom tested different items.
We also talked about was how magnets have 2 poles, a north and a south. The kids learned that opposites attract and the same poles repel, or push away from each other. To understand this concept better, we turned into magnets! One of our hands had a “N” and the other had a “S”. We practiced a few times showing how we could “attract” to a partner by having a N and S together, or how we could repel from a partner if we both put up the same pole. Once we got the hang of it, the kids moved around the room to music and when the music stopped they had to listen for their direction to either repel or attract the closest person to them. We would continue and each time the music stopped- the kids stopped and thought about which hand to put up to show the proper magnetic response.
It was an exciting day! Our first grade scientists can’t wait to study more!!!